Google Flights is one of the best options to organize your vacation. The main function of Google Flights is to find flights at the best price. We tell you how it works and tricks of the cheap Google search engine.
If you are one of those who have not just arrived from a trip when you have the next one in mind, Google Flights will be one of your best allies to organize your trips and getaways without having to pay more for your flights.
The service acts as a flight comparator based on the prices of the main airlines that operate at the airports of origin and destination to find the fastest and most affordable option for your flights. Here are how it works and some tricks from Google’s cheap flight search engine so you can save on your vacation.
What is Google Flights?
Google Flights is a Google service dedicated to finding the cheapest flights possible, taking into account your destination preferences, dates, and times in which you want to fly. The service is integrated into the search engine as another Google tool, adding to well-known options such as Google Images, Google Maps, or Google Shopping.
Once in the tool, you can configure your trips indicating the dates of departure and arrival, dates, and time and even compare the price of flights with other options such as the train. Google Flights includes a historical comparator that allows you to know immediately if the price of a particular flight is cheaper, in the annual average price or if, on the contrary, the price of the flight is more expensive than usual.
If you have not yet used this tool, this can be an excellent opportunity since here we give you all the keys to discover how Google Flights works and some tricks of the Google cheap flight search engine.
Enter your trip details
The first thing you need to find cheap flights with Google Flights is to enter your trip data on the Google Flights page. To do this, access the main page of the services. In it, in an outstanding way, the fields to configure the trip are shown.
Start by indicating if it will be a round trip, how many people will travel, and in which category they will travel. Obviously, the Tourist category will be the most affordable in all cases.
Next, indicate the airport of origin and the destination you want to travel to. Pay attention at this point as some cities (such as London or New York) have several airports. Try to choose the right airport since some are further away than others from the urban centers. Finally, it only remains to choose the dates of return and return of your trip and click on Search to show all the offers on flights.
Adjust your search data
After this first search, the flights available for those destinations and on those specific days are shown. But it will still be necessary to choose the time and company that offers the most interesting prices.
If you want to filter your search a little more, you can choose one of the filters that appear just below your trip data. In these filters, you can establish if you want direct flights or do not mind stopping to save some money, if you prefer to fly from a certain time, etc. Then, you just have to choose the option that best suits your needs in the sections Best one-way flights and Other one-way flights.
Choose the one that best suits your price and time needs by clicking on the Select flight button. When displaying each flight option, the details of departure and arrival at the destination are shown. Then, choose the return flight in the same way.
Once the flights are selected, Google Flights shows you a summary. If you have not been convinced by any of the flights, you can rectify it by clicking Change flight.
If everything is correct, proceed to the hiring of the tickets directly with the airline. To do this, you just have to go down a little to the Booking Options section and click on the Select button.
Then, your order will be redirected to the company with which you fly so that you can formalize the payment directly with them.
Note that just below the Reservation Options section, a box appears indicating that the flights you are booking are more expensive than usual. This has little room for a solution when you are forced to travel on very specific dates with high season (as in the middle of August, for example) but this tool will be very useful for finding cheap flights with Google Flights.
Search flights at the best price
To travel for little money, it is essential to have some flexibility in the dates of the flights. Being able to vary the days of round trip you get authentic bargains. When you have dates available for your trip, you can adjust round-trip flights. By just varying a day before or after, the price of the flight can be reduced by up to 50%.
The best way to see that variation is with the Date table and price chart tools that you will find just below your trip data. When you open Table of dates, a calendar is opened showing the prices of the tickets you will have during a certain day of the month.
Therefore, by having that certain flexibility when choosing the round-trip day, you can choose the days with the best prices to fly.
The Graph with prices function works in a similar way and allows you to adjust your trip to the periods in which the flights are at the best price, but always taking into account the duration of your trip.
Leaving or arriving at an airport more or less close to the city center also greatly influences the price. So, if you are not going to the city center anyway, but your destination is in the surrounding area, it may be a good option to save some money.
Much more than cheap flights, a full-fledged travel guide
Finding cheap flights is not the only function of Google Flights, it can also create routes with which to visit the most representative of each destination depending on your time of stay.
You will find the options related to the organization of the trips in the left sidebar, in which the option Travel, Hotels, Flights and Explore appears. In the Travel option, suggestions of the most popular destinations that can be used as inspiration to set your holiday destination are shown.
However, if you are already clear about your destination, you just have to type it in the travel search bar and Google Flights will show you all the information about your destination, activities, flight suggestions, hotels, weather information and even videos of travelers with Suggestions about your destiny. All that information is together in one place and with a single search.
Choose your destination with Google Flights
Another of the hidden secrets of Google Flights is the possibility of choosing a destination based on its price. This function is especially suitable for planning trips and trips well in advance, but you can get really cheap flights.
To access this function, click on the Flights section in the menu on the left. Just below and to the right of the configuration bar of your trip, you will find the section Explore destinations and a box with a map. Click on the Explore destinations link or on the map itself.
The map will indicate the main destinations near your location or the airport that you have indicated as your departure point and the prices of flights to these destinations. These prices correspond to the best offers but are limited to very specific dates.
Click on any of these destinations and on the side panel the flight details will be displayed indicating the dates of the trip and the characteristics of the flight, as well as its final price. This can be an excellent option to organize an out-of-season getaway without being a big break to your economy.